- Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 5 acts & epilogue
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Boito: Mefistofele based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This opera is sadly overlooked (even shunned by such luminaries as Rudolf Bing) which is a pity. Boito wrote a powerfully beautiful opera that is truer to the Goethe ''Faust'' than any of the other opera's it inspired. Even George Berard Shaw, a great lover of Verdi, stated that he would rather lose ''La Traviata'' than ''Mesfistofele''. That said, this is the ''gold standard'' recording of this opera. Norma Triegle simply IS Mefistofele. I am familar with both Ramey and Ghiaurov recordings of this work and they cannot duplicate the power, passion and pure sensuality that Treigle brings to this role (Ramey is not far behind, however). Domingo is an excellent Faust and brings the darker ''baritonal'' quality that this tenor role demands. Montserrat Caballe is absolutely enchanting in both the role of Margherita and Helen of Troy. I have listened to this recording literally scores of times and I never fail to be moved by the experience. The final scene still makes the hair on my neck stand up--a marvelous, powerful performence by all.